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Flannel Friday: Mitch the Fish

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I’m jumping on the Flannel Friday bandwagon. I’ve mooched a bunch of awesome ideas, and I figured it was time for me contribute. My department recently added this awesome book to the professional collection:

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It is jam-packed with brilliant storytime ideas.  I found Mitch the Fish in this book, and I am very excited to give it a whirl in storytime tomorrow morning.

It took just a few minutes to pull together.

You need:

  • 1 file folder
  • a picture of an underwater ocean backdrop (I used clip art, because I only had a few minutes to work on it)
  • construction paper (in orange (2 sheets), red, yellow, blue, and black)
  • glue
  • Scissors or die cutter

I printed up the backdrop, and glued it to the file folder. Then I used the die cutter to make the fish cut-away. (I had to cut through both the front and the back of the file folder because I couldn’t fit the folder into the die press horizontally. Since I didn’t want a hole in the back, I covered the hole in the back with orange sheet #2. It covered up the hole, and it’s just one less thing for me to worry about dropping or losing. It looks like this:

this is the outside of the folder

This is the inside of the folder

To begin put the sheets of construction paper inside the file folder. As you tell the story remove each sheet to reveal the color below.

Easy peasy!

So here it goes:

orange

Once there was an orange fish named Mitch who could change his color with the swish of his tail. All he had to say was, I’m Mitch the fish I swim and I swish And I can change my color Whenever I wish. One day Mitch was swimming around on the ocean floor and he saw a red lobster. He thought it would be fun to be a bright color like the lobster so he said,

I’m Mitch the fish
I swim and I swish
And I can change my color
whenever I wish.

Suddenly he turned red.

(Remove the orange sheet of paper.)

red Mitch

The lobster said, “I am the only sea creature who can be red! I’ll snap at you!” So Mitch decided he didn’t want to be red anymore. Just then he saw a yellow star fish, so sang his little song.

I’m Mitch the fish
I swim and I swish
And I can change my color
whenever I wish.

(Remove the red sheet)

yellow Mitch

And with a swish of his tail Mitch turned yellow. (Remove the red sheet of paper) The star fish didn’t like this one bit. He said, “I’m the only creature in the sea who can be yellow. I’ll prickle you!” Mitch decided he didn’t want to be yellow anymore, so he swished his tale and sang,

I’m Mitch the fish
I swim and I swish
And I can change my color
whenever I wish.

(Remove yellow sheet)

Blue Mitch

And he turned blue. Just then a big blue whale swam by. When he spotted Mitch, he didn’t like it one bit. He bellowed, “I’m the only creature in the sea who can be blue! If you don’t change your hew, I’m gonna swallow you!” Mitch decided black was the new blue. He sang,

I’m Mitch the fish
I swim and I swish
And I can change my color
whenever I wish.

(Remove blue sheet)

black Mitch

And suddenly Mitch turned black. Unfortunately, a shark was passing by, and when he spotted Mitch he nashed his pointy teeth and said, “I’m the only creature in the sea who can be black! If you don’t change your hew I’m gonna eat you!”
So, Mitch changed back into an orange fish.

I’m Mitch the fish
I swim and I swish
And I can change my color
whenever I wish.

(Remove black sheet)

Orange 2

And it felt grand. He swam home just as happy as a clam. “The truth is,” said Mitch to himself, “being yourself is the very best thing you can be!”

7 thoughts on “Flannel Friday: Mitch the Fish

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  4. Just wanted to let you know that this AWESOME alternative to a full-on flannel is going to be used at my fish themed storytime this week – and it really did come together in less than 10 minutes (yay for Elison dies)! Thanks for sharing!!

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  7. Awwww, this is a really great idea for taking on outreach visits (when I often don’t have flannelboard access). It’s important to have some non-flannel flannel ideas!

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